1 Let as many as are slaves under a yoke account their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the teaching be not blasphemed. 2 And let those having believing masters not despise them, because they are brethren; but let them serve them the more, because they are faithful and beloved, who are partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise, and consents not to healthful words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the teaching according to godliness, 4 he has become puffed up, knowing nothing, but morbid about questions and word-battles, out of which come envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing godliness to be a source of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is a great source of gain;
7 for nothing have we brought into the world, neither can we carry anything out; 8 but, having food and raiment, with these we shall be content.
9 But those, purposing to be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and many foolish and hurtful desires, which, indeed, sink men into destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all the evils; which some reaching after wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But do you, O man of God, flee these things: but pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, mildness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the eternal life, to which you were called, and confessed a good confession before many witnesses.
13 I charge you before God who preserves alive all things, and Christ Jesus Who before Pontius Pilate testified a good confession, 14 that you keep the commandment, unsullied, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which in His own times the Happy and Only Potentate will show, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 Who only hath immortality, inhabiting light unapproachable, Whom no man ever saw or is able to see; to Whom be honor and dominion eternal. Amen.
17 Charge those who are rich in this present age, not to be high-minded, nor to have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, Who giveth us richly all things for enjoyment; 18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, free to impart, liberal; 19 treasuring up for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold on that which is really life.